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Racism remains "a blight" on society, US President Barack Obama says, after the killing of nine African-Americans in a Charleston church.

M.N.: You are right, Mr. Obama. And you are the Racist-in-Chief who inspires, encourages and exploits the racial divisions and conflicts as the foundation of his perverted "popularity" and power, using this subject as a cheap and convenient cover for his gross incompetence in governing and deep underlying hatred of this country, its institutions and culture. And this is my opinion. 


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Russia in Review: a digest of useful news from U.S.-Russia Initiative to Prevent Nuclear Terrorism for June 12-19, 2015
I. U.S. and Russian priorities for the bilateral agenda.
Nuclear security agenda:
  • "Russia fully supports the development of constructive dialogue on fighting nuclear terrorism and is ready to develop active cooperation with all interested countries and international agencies working in this sphere," Russian Foreign Ministry’s plenipotentiary envoy Grigory Berdennikov told a session of the Global Initiative to Combat Nuclear Terrorism in Helsinki, Finland. Partner nations and official observers of the initiative gathered in the Finnish capital on June 16-17, 2015, for the GICNT’s 9th senior-level Plenary Meeting. The Russian Federation and United States were selected as Co-Chairs of the GICNT for the term 2015-2019. (Tass, 06.16.15, State.gov, 06.17.15).
  • "We strictly comply with all issues related to non-proliferation and work closely with the IAEA," Vladimir Putin said, opening a meeting with IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano. Amano has also met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in St. Petersburg to discuss the best options for monitoring Iran’s nuclear facilities, nuclear nonproliferation, and nuclear security.  (BBC, Mid.ru, Sputnik, 06.19.15).
  • Russia and Norway plan to sign a protocol soon on early notification in the event of a nuclear accident, Russian state nuclear corporation Rosatom said. The statement followed a meeting of the Russian-Norwegian commission on nuclear and radiation safety held in the Norwegian town of Kirkenes. (World Nuclear News, 06.16.15).
Iran nuclear issues:
  • Russia's President Vladimir Putin said on Friday he hoped Iran and world powers would reach a final agreement soon on Tehran's nuclear program. “It is very important to diffuse the situation,” Putin said. (Reuters, 06.19.15).
NATO-Russia relations:
  • The U.S. and Russian navies have met for the first time since the Ukraine crisis began to discuss how to avoid an accidental clash at sea or in the air. A Russian Navy delegation led by Vice-Admiral Oleg Burtsev met a U.S. team led by Rear Admiral John Nowell at U.S. Sixth Fleet headquarters in Naples, Italy. (Reuters, 06.12.15).
  • The Pentagon is poised to store battle tanks, infantry fighting vehicles and other heavy weapons for as many as 5,000 American troops in several Baltic and Eastern European countries. Capt. Greg Hicks, a U.S. military spokesman, said that Gen. Philip M. Breedlove had made a recommendation related to pre-positioning of equipment to U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter. "The decision rests with [Carter]," Hicks said. Officials, said that the proposal, if approved, would put equipment such as Humvees or Bradley fighting vehicles at sites in countries that might include Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Poland, Romania, Bulgaria or Hungary. Asked whether the U.S. proposal is in line with the NATO-Russia Founding Act, NATO General Secretary Stoltenberg said that "everything we do is fully in line with our international commitments and obligations." (RFE/RL, 06.17.15, New York Times, 06.15.15, Washington Post, 06.14.15).
  • The United States already has many of the tanks and other vehicles needed to equip an armored brigade in Europe, but has not decided yet whether to store some of the hardware in Eastern Europe, Lieutenant General Ben Hodges, commander of U.S. Army Europe, said. He said the United States planned to keep enough vehicles in Europe to equip an armored brigade combat team. "The total number is about 1,200 vehicles," Hodges said. (Reuters, 06.17.16).
  • Poland's government is discussing with the U.S. the placement of heavy weapons on Polish territory, Defense Minister Tomasz Siemoniak said. Siemoniak said he expected a final U.S. decision on the equipment within a few weeks. (Reuters, 06.15.15, Wall Street Journal, 06.15.15).
  • Russian President Vladimir Putin said on June 16 that he is not especially worried about a U.S. plan to possibly station heavy weaponry in Eastern Europe. "Of course, we will analyze everything and follow this carefully, but so far, I don't see anything that would force us to worry especially," Putin said. "If someone puts some of our territories under threat, that means we will have to direct our armed forces and modern strike power at those territories, from where the threat emanates," he said. (RFE/RL, 06.16.15).
  • "If heavy U.S. military equipment, including tanks, artillery batteries and other equipment really does turn up in countries in eastern Europe and the Baltics, that will be the most aggressive step by the Pentagon and NATO since the Cold War," Russian defense ministry official General Yuri Yakubov said. (Reuters, 06.15.15).
  • Russia's Foreign Ministry said that it hoped a reported U.S. plan to station tanks and heavy weapons in NATO states on Russia's border would not go ahead. "We hope that reason will prevail and the situation in Europe will be prevented from sliding into a new military confrontation which may have dangerous consequences," the ministry said.   (RFE/RL, 06.15.15).
  • Over 2,000 troops are taking part in the first exercise of NATO's new rapid response force, intended to advertise its readiness to Russia and reassure east European members spooked by the Kremlin's actions in Ukraine. (Reuters, 06.19.15).
  • Multi-national drills are being held in Poland along with greatly scaled-up annual BALTOPS exercises on the Baltic Sea. BALTOPS this year includes a spectacular amphibious landing of 700 allied troops on a beach. Its maneuvers involve some 60 ships from 17 NATO and partner nations and about 5,000 troops. (AP, 06.18.15).
  • The U.S. Air Force plans to further increase the number of forces it brings to Europe amid tensions with Russia and could deploy stealthy F-22 fighter jets as a show of force, Service Secretary Deborah Lee James said on Monday. “The biggest threat on my mind is what is happening in Russia. That is a big part of why I am here," Ms. James said at the Paris Air Show. (Wall Street Journal, 06.15.15).
  • The Kremlin says Russia does not want to enter a costly new arms race with the West, saying it would hurt the country’s economy. “We are against any arms race because it naturally weakens our economic capabilities,” presidential aide Yury Ushakov said on June 17. “In principle, we are against it." (RFE/RL, 06.17.15).
  • Russia's addition of 40 long-range missiles to its nuclear arsenal this year doesn't signal a new arms race or a threat to any country, Kremlin officials insisted Wednesday. The expansion, part of a decade-long $500-billion modernization of Russian defense forces and weapons, has been forced on Moscow by aggressive moves by NATO, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters. (LA Times, 06.17.15).
  • A senior U.S. State Department official played down on Thursday an announcement by Russian President Vladimir Putin that Russia will add more than 40 new intercontinental ballistic missiles to its nuclear arsenal. “Those kinds of announcements when made publicly like that obviously have a rattling effect," Victoria Nuland, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for European affairs, said. “When we look at what is actually happening inside Russia it is far less dramatic," she said. (Reuters, 06.18.15).
  • "President Putin's announcement to stock up Russia's strategic missile arsenal is unnecessary and certainly doesn't contribute to stability and an easing of tension in Europe," German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier told the Spiegel Online news. (LA Times, 06.17.15).
  • NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg warned that the Russian plan to deploy 40 new nuclear ballistic missiles was part of a dangerous pattern of behavior by Moscow. "This nuclear saber-rattling by Russia is unjustified, destabilizing and it is dangerous,” he said. (RFE/RL, 06.16.15).
  • British Defense Minister Michael Fallon criticized Vladimir Putin for his plan to add intercontinental ballistic missiles to Russia's nuclear arsenal. “This is clearly saber-rattling clearly designed to provoke, designed to intimidate. It won't do that," Fallon said.  (RFE/RL, 06.18.15).
  • Russia's nuclear "saber rattling" and refusal to abide by the terms of a cease-fire in Ukraine have dragged East-West relations to their lowest level since the 1962 Cuban missile crisis, Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics said Thursday. (Reuters, 06.18.15).
  • Latvia says it has arrested two Russian activists who were caught entering a military base. The Latvian military said on June 12 that the men carried the St. George flag of the Russian military and anti-NATO leaflets as they climbed over a wall at the Adazi military base on June 10 while training exercises between Latvian and U.S. forces were being conducted. (RFE/RL, 06.12.15).
  • Not a single Russia-NATO cooperation program is functioning for the moment, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexey Meshkov said. (Tass, 06.16.15).
Missile defense:
  • “Not military conflicts but global decisions like the US unilateral withdrawal from the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty lead to a Cold War,” Vladimir Putin said. “This more in fact pushes us to a new round of the arms race, because it changes the global security system.” Putin made his comments at a key plenary session at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum.(Reuters, 06.19.15).
  • Belarusian Defense Minister Gen. Lt. Andrey Ravkov said that four Russian-built S-300 air defense systems would be sent to his country by the end of this year, and there were ongoing talks over Russia deploying its most advanced S-400 air defense systems. (NI, 06.17.15).
Nuclear arms control:
  • Russian Foreign Ministry said: “It appears that the main goal of the US campaign over the INF Treaty is to discredit Russia and at the same time to divert public attention from the free interpretation of INF Treaty provisions that prevent it from creating weapons systems that Washington needs. In this connection, we are very worried about US plans to deploy vertical missile launch systems at its bases in Romania and Poland. According to our assessments, these systems can launch SM-3 interceptor missiles and Tomahawk intermediate-range missiles. This would be in direct violation of the INF Treaty.” (Mid.ru,BBC, 06.15.15).
Counter-terrorism agenda:
  • A Kyrgyz friend of convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was sentenced to two and a half years in prison June 18 for obstructing the FBI's investigation into the attack, U.S. authorities said. (RFE/RL, 06.19.15).
Cyber security:
  • Britain has pulled out agents from live operations in "hostile countries" after Russia and China cracked top-secret information contained in files leaked by former U.S. National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden. (Reuters, 06.14.15).
  • Russian lawmakers on Tuesday gave preliminary approval to a bill that would give people significant leverage when asking search engines to remove content about them. The proposal is similar to one approved by a top European court last year that forced Google to start removing links from search results.  (Wall Street Journal, 06.17.15).
  • A new law requiring companies to store Russian users' data domestically could shave $5.7 billion, or 0.27 percent, off Russia's gross domestic product this year and jeopardize productivity in the long term, a study by the European Center for International Political Economy found. (Moscow Times, 06.16.15).
Energy exports from CIS:
  • Igor Sechin, the head of Russia's top oil producer Rosneft, said on Wednesday the United States is calling the shots on global oil markets, while the influence of OPEC has shrunk. “In essence, the sole market, which has all the sets of financial and technological tools, is the U.S. market, which has became the key regulator," Sechin told reporters, adding that oil prices in the United States set the tone of the global industry (Reuters, 06.18.15).
  • Gazprom signed a preliminary deal with three European companies to expand a pipeline to Germany, aiming to cement the company as the European Union's main gas supplier even as it faces antimonopoly charges there. Existing gas pipelines from Russia already more than meet the European Union's existing and future needs, the European Commission said Friday. (Wall Street Journal, 06.18.15, 06.19.15).
  • Gazprom is building a global strategic alliance with energy major Royal Dutch Shell that will include asset swaps and allow the Russian gas giant to penetrate new markets, its chief executive told Reuters. Alexei Miller said the agreement with Shell foresaw an expansion of the firms' joint $20 billion liquefied natural gas plant on the eastern island of Sakhalin as well as global upstream asset swaps. (Reuters, 06.19.15).
  • Rosneft has sold a minority stake in an eastern Siberian oil-and-gas field to BP PLC for $750 million and bought a stake in a German refinery from France's Total SA. (Wall Street Journal, 06.19.15).
  • Greece and Russia have signed a memorandum on extending the planned Turkish Stream gas pipeline to Europe through Greek territory. (RFE/RL, 06.19.15).
  • Kazakh Prime Minister Karim Masimov has said operations at the massive Kashagan oil field will resume by 2017. (RFE/RL, 06.17.15).
Bilateral economic ties:
  • The U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine has publicly called on U.S. companies to boycott the upcoming St. Petersburg International Economic Forum over Russia's role in the Ukraine crisis. The Financial Times reported earlier this month that with no similar U.S. prohibition this year, more executives were planning to participate in this year's forum. This year 12 chief executives from United States companies showed up, according to Yuri Ushakov, an adviser to President Vladimir V. Putin. In total, Mr. Ushakov said, 70 American company officers attended. (New York Times, 06.19.15, Moscow Times, 06.16.15, Wall Street Journal, 06.18.15).
  • New Yorkers will soon have a new option for their fast-food cravings: blini from Russia's Teremok chain. (Moscow Times, 06.15.15).
Other bilateral issues:
  • Russian President Vladimir Putin warned the US against trying to use the language of ultimatums in its relations with Russia. “The problem is that they are constantly trying to impose their standards and decisions on us with no regard to our interests,” he explained. “In essence they say: 'we are better' as if the US knows better what is good for us. Well, let us decide for ourselves what our interests and needs are as dictated by our history and culture.” This is no dialogue. It's an ultimatum. Don't speak the language of ultimatums with us,” he said. (Reuters, 06.19.15).
  • Russian President Vladimir Putin  said Ukraine is an example of how the US is causing trouble by maintaining its arrogant approach to international politics. “They should not have supported the anti-constitutionalists’ armed coup that in the end led to a violent confrontation in Ukraine, a civil war in fact,” he said. “We are not the cause of all those crisis events that Ukraine is experiencing.” (Reuters, 06.19.15).
II. Russia news.
Domestic politics, economy and energy:
  • President Vladimir Putin said on Friday Russia was doing well in tackling its economic crisis, aggravated by Western sanctions over the Ukraine crisis and a fall in global oil prices. Addressing an economic forum in the city of St Petersburg, he said that Russia's financial system and banking sector had adapted to the new conditions and that inflation had been taken under control. (Reuters, 06.19.15).
  • Russia's economy contracted by 3.2 percent in the first five months of the year, Economic Development Minister Alexei Ulyukayev said on Friday. (Reuters, 06.19.15).
  • The Bank of Russia cut its key rate by one percentage point to 11.5%, in line with expectations. (Wall Street Journal, 06.15.15).
  • Aleksei Kudrin, a longtime ally of Vladimir Putin, suggested on June 18 that the Russian president could order an early vote to win a mandate for much-needed economic reforms. (RFE/RL, 06.18.15).
  • Moscow plummeted out of the world's top 10 most expensive cities to live in as a result of the ruble's drastic depreciation during the last year. The city fell from ninth place last year to 50th this year in the annual cost of living survey by U.S. consultancy company Mercer.  (Moscow Times, 06.17.15).
Defense and Aerospace:
  • In a sprawling park 30 miles outside Moscow, President Vladimir V. Putin welcomed the country's first high-tech military exposition on Tuesday, announcing in his opening remarks that Russia would add 40 new intercontinental ballistic missiles to its nuclear stockpile this year. Putin said the missiles will be capable of "penetrating" any current missile defense systems (New York Times, 06.17.15, RFE/RL, 06.16.15).
Security, law-enforcement and justice:
  • FSB Director Alexander Bortnikov said that two supporters of an "international terrorist organization" were sentenced last year to lengthy prison terms for preparing an attack against a storage and destruction facility for chemical weapons located in the Kirov region. (Moscow Times, 06.16.15).
  • Up to 5,000 Russian citizens may be fighting for the international terrorist organization, Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), CIS Antiterrorism Center head Andrei Novikov has said. (Interfax, 06.17.15).
  • More than 200 residents of Russia's Volga Federal District are thought to be fighting alongside the Islamic State terrorist organization in Syria and Iraq, FSB Director Alexander Bortnikov said (Moscow Times, 06.16.15).
  • Russian law enforcement officials are probing reports that Mariam Ismailova, a student at the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration in Moscow, has fled the country and joined the Islamic State. Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said the recruitment of Russian students by foreign terrorist organizations was a "very dangerous process" and was constantly being monitored by the country's special services. (Moscow Times, 06.16.15).
  • In the first three months of this year, armed conflict has led to the deaths of 28 people in Dagestan, according to the Kavkazsky Uzel news site. Twenty-four of the victims were accused of being part of an illegal armed group. Kavkazsky Uzel reported that 208 lives were claimed by insurgency and counterinsurgency efforts in Dagestan last year, making it the deadliest of Russia's North Caucasus republics. (Moscow Times, 04.19.15).
  • Dmitry Kovtun, one of two Russians accused of murdering ex-KGB spy Alexander Litvinenko with a radioactive isotope in London in 2006 can give evidence to a public inquiry into the death after the head of the investigation agreed to give him "core participant" status on Monday. (Reuters, 06.16.15).
  • Law enforcement agencies are conducting special investigative procedures to detain former Chechen Interior Ministry officer Ruslan Geremeyev in a criminal case dealing with the murder of opposition politician Boris Nemtsov. (Interfax, 06.17.15).
Foreign affairs and trade:
  • Meeting in Brussels, European Union ambassadors have agreed to extend so-called sectoral sanctions on Russia by another six months to the end of January 2016, and prolong an investment ban on Crimea for another year. Ratification of the decision by EU foreign ministers meeting in Luxembourg on Monday is expected to be a formality. (Reuters, 06.17.15, RFE/RL, 06.17.15).
  • Russia may toughen its response to sanctions imposed by the European Union over the crisis in Ukraine if the bloc extends its measures against Moscow, a Kremlin aide Andrei Belousov said on Thursday.  (Reuters, 06.17.15).
  • Russian Economic Development Minister Aleksei Ulyukayev has said Moscow will extend its embargo on European Union agricultural products if the bloc extends sanctions as expected. (RFE/RL, 06.18.15).
  • Saudi Arabia and Russia have signed an agreement to cooperate on nuclear energy development. Saudi-owned al-Arabiya TV, citing unnamed sources, said the kingdom planned to build 16 nuclear reactors in which Russia would play a significant role in operating them. Saudi Arabia’s defense minister, Prince Mohammed bin Salman, is likely to meet Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum. Saudi Oil Minister Ali al-Naimi was due to meet his counterpart Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak in St Petersburg on Thursday to discuss a broad cooperation agreement. (Reuters, RBTH, 06.19.15).
  • Russian companies outside the financial sector face a $100bn debt mountain that will need to be refinanced, or repayed, over the next two years, according to Moody's Ratings Service. (Telegraph, 06.18.15).
  • Tensions continue to mount between Russia and the West after Belgium, France, and Austria took steps this week to freeze Russian government assets to cover a Yukos-related settlement ordered by a European arbitration court in July.  Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said affected Russian entities "intend to file claims with a Russian court seeking for similar actions to be taken in the Russian Federation to seize the property of foreign companies with state capital in response to the illegitimate actions taken against them." (RFE/RL, 06.19.15).
  • The Swedish air force has had to increase flights by 50% in the past two years to contend with the repeated flights of Russian military aircraft along the country's borders, service chief Maj. Gen. Micael Bydén said. (Wall Street Journal, 06.15.15).
  • France transferred several pieces of advanced technology and know-how to Russian shipbuilders before the Mistral warship deal was put on ice following Western sanctions, a news report said Thursday. (Moscow Times, 06.18.15).
  • Russian President Vladimir Putin held talks on June 13 with his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Baku to discuss proposed Black Sea gas pipeline from Russian to Turkey, the possible construction of a Turkish nuclear power plant at Akkuyu, and the situation in Ukraine. (RFE/RL, 06.13.15).
  • North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un may visit Khabarovsk in September for the 70th anniversary celebrations of the end of the Second World War in Asia. (Interfax, 06.15.15).
  • A new report says migrant workers in Europe sent $109.4 billion back to their home countries last year -- supporting an estimated 150 million people around the world. Russia, which is classified as a European -- not an Asian -- country, is the top "sender" country in the region. (RFE/RL, 06.15.15).
Russia's neighbors:
  • A working group of Ukraine’s Constitutional Commission on decentralization issues has drafted amendments to the Constitution which will be presented to the Venice Commission, Verkhovnaya Rada Chairman Volodymyr Groysman has said. (Interfax, 06.17.15).
  • Kyiv reported on June 13 one of the heaviest death tolls for Ukrainian troops since early June, saying six servicemen had been killed and 14 others wounded. The Ukrainian military said on June 14th that one of its servicemen was killed and 21 were wounded in separatist attacks over the past 24 hours.  The Ukrainian military said on June 16 that two Ukrainian serviceman have been killed and five wounded. Also three rebel fighters and five civilians had been wounded as a result of Ukrainian shelling of separatist-held territory. The Ukrainian military said on June 18th that three of its soldiers have been killed and 14 wounded in fighting in the country’s east.  (RFE/RL, 06.18.15, 06.14.15,Reuters, 06.1.6.15).
  • Residents of two frequently shelled neighborhoods in Donetsk in eastern Ukraine staged a public antiwar protest on Monday. The crowd of about 500 people briefly blocked the city's main thoroughfare, Artema Street, chanting, ''Stop the war!'' and ''Out with everybody!'' (New York Times, 06.16.15).
  • A United Nations report says Russia became the world's single largest recipient of asylum requests last year as a result of the war in eastern Ukraine between Ukrainian government forces and Russian-backed separatists. The report by the UN refugee agency (says a total of 271,200 Ukrainians applied for refugee status or temporary asylum in Russia after the outbreak of the Ukraine conflict -- about 99 percent of the asylum claims in Russia during 2014. (RFE/RL, 06.18.15).
  • Ukraine's government will offer creditors additional bonds, to be issued based on Ukraine's economic performance in future years. Ukraine's government has said it is seeking a 40% cut in the face value of the bonds. (Wall Street Journal, 06.19.15).
  • Atomstroyexport, part of Russia's Rosatom, has closed down its office in Ukraine. (World Nuclear News, 06.18.15).
  • Paris says the foreign ministers of France, Germany, Ukraine, and Russia are set to hold talks on June 23 over the crisis in eastern Ukraine. (RFE/RL, 06.17.15).
  • The U.S. Senate on Thursday passed a $600 billion defense policy bill that would authorize lethal offensive weapons for Ukraine. But it then immediately rejected a measure to pay for it, the first battle in a spending fight that could end in a government shutdown this fall.  (New York Times, 06.19.15).
  • A deputy assistant secretary of the US Department of Energy last week met with the president of Energoatom as part of preparations for an emergency response plan for Ukraine's energy sector during the winter season. (World Nuclear News, 06.18.15).
  • U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has pressed his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, to ensure that Moscow respects the cease-fire in eastern Ukraine, the U.S. State Department said. In the conversation, Lavrov stressed the importance of "establishing a direct dialogue between the [Kyiv] government and the self-proclaimed unrecognized Donetsk and Luhansk people's republics," the Russian Foreign Ministry said. (RFE/RL, 06.16.15).
  • Yuri Kasich, acting director at Ukrenergo, has said that Ukraine will not pay for Russian electricity supplies to the rebel-held areas of the country's Donbass region. (Interfax, 06.15.15).
  • Ukraine's parliament has dismissed the head of the Ukrainian Security Service (SBU), Valentyn Nalyvaychenko.(RFE/RL, 06.18.15).
  • Ukrainian authorities say they have detained three people suspected of involvement in the murder of journalist Oles Buzyna. (RFE/RL, 06.18.15).
  • The death toll  from devastating flooding in Georgia's capital, Tbilisi, has risen to 19,  the government said in a statement on June 16, adding that 17 of the victims have been identified. (RFE/RL, 06.16.15).
  • In Moldova's local elections held on June 14 pro-European parties won about 56.5 percent of votes versus 31.5 percent for the pro-Russian parties. (RFE/RL, 06.16.15).
  • Edward Lemon, a researcher focused on Central Asian fighters in the Middle East at the University of Exeter said: “Only about 1 in every 20,000 Tajik Muslims are in Iraq and Syria. Compare that to 1 in every 1,500 Belgian Muslims who have gone to fight.” (Foreign Policy, 06.12.15).
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ABC News New York Police Investigate Possible Sightings of 2 Escaped Convicts ABC News New York State Police are investigating possible sightings of two convicted murderers who escaped an upstate prison two weeks ago. Police said Friday ...
» Charleston shooting: For every criminal killed in self-defence in the US, 34 innocent people die
20/06/15 06:45 from The Independent - World RSS Feed
"The only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is with a good guy with a gun," says Wayne LaPierre, the vice president of the National Rifle Association.
» Police Investigate Possible Sightings of 2 Escaped NY Convicts
20/06/15 06:43 from ABC News: ABCNews
Men fitting their description were seen near Pennsylvania border.
» Suspect in US Church Shooting Faces Murder, Gun Charges
20/06/15 06:43 from Voice of America
The suspect in the Wednesday shooting in an African-American church in Charleston, South Carolina, was charged Friday with nine counts of murder and one count of criminal possession of a firearm. A judge in Charleston set bail of $1 mill...
» Vettel Best Again in 3rd and Final Practice for Austrian GP
20/06/15 06:42 from ABC News: ABCNews
Vettel fastest again for Ferrari in 3rd practice for Austrian GP; Rosberg 2nd for Mercedes
» 'Moral duty' to save Mediterranean migrants, says Gauck
20/06/15 06:42 from Deutsche Welle: DW-WORLD.DE - Top Stories
The German president has called for more compassion toward migrants in view of Germany's own experiences with forced migration after WWII. He said providing them with sanctuary was 'non-negotiable.'
» Report slams Iran on Syria, terror backing - Arkansas Online
20/06/15 06:38 from Google News - Top Stories
Arkansas Online Report slams Iran on Syria, terror backing Arkansas Online Civilians inspect the site of a car-bomb attack last week in Baghdad. Extremists in Iraq, Afghanistan and Nigeria unleashed a savage rise in violence between 2013...
» Chile woman 'bore calcified foetus'
20/06/15 06:38 from BBC News - World
Doctors in Chile say that a woman has been carrying a calcified foetus for some 50 years, in a rare phenomenon known as a lithopedion.
» Three-week old baby killed by terrier
20/06/15 06:35 from BBC News - World
A three-week old baby dies after being bitten by a dog in Sunderland.
» Quotations in the News
20/06/15 06:35 from ABC News: ABCNews
Quotations in the News
» Obama Spending Father's Day Weekend in Golf Destination
20/06/15 06:34 from ABC News: ABCNews
Obama spending Father's Day weekend in California golf vacation destination, despite drought
» Car bomb explodes in Yemen capital near mosque used by Houthis
20/06/15 06:34 from Reuters: International
SANAA (Reuters) - A car bomb exploded in Yemen's capital Sanaa on Saturday near the Qiba al-Mutawakil mosque used by the Houthi militia, witnesses told Reuters, adding they did not know if the blast caused casualties.
» Inside the Bible study massacre
20/06/15 06:33 from CNN.com
Victims' families: 'I forgive you' | Who is suspect? | Strikes at heart of black culture | Hear crowd sing | Photos
» Study warns of sixth mass extinction: 'Species disappearing at alarming rate ... - Hindustan Times
20/06/15 06:33 from Google News - Top Stories
Hindustan Times Study warns of sixth mass extinction: 'Species disappearing at alarming rate ... Hindustan Times The world has seen five recognisable mass extinctions till now a study says it is time for sixth. (Shutterstock). Share....
» Digital Life: E-cards a great last minute Father's Day gift - USA TODAY
20/06/15 06:32 from Google News - World
TIME Digital Life: E-cards a great last minute Father's Day gift USA TODAY USA TODAY columnist Steven Petrow offers advice about digital etiquette. Tick tock. Tick tock. You know Father's Day is coming up Sunday, right? It's ...
» Charleston shooting: Judge Gosnell presiding over Dylann Roof's case previously reprimanded over racist language
20/06/15 06:25 from The Independent - World RSS Feed
A US judge has claimed that the family of the man charged with shooting nine black churchgoers last week are also “victims” – as it emerged he had previously received a public reprimand over the use of racist language in court.
» Vigil Held as Charleston Mourns Shooting Victims
20/06/15 06:25 from Voice of America
Charleston, South Carolina, is a city in shock after a white gunman allegedly shot nine people dead after attending a Bible study in a historic black church, Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, in the city. VOA religion correspon...
» After trade spat, Obama and Pelosi kiss and make up (literally) - Reuters
20/06/15 06:24 from Google News - Top Stories
Reuters After trade spat, Obama and Pelosi kiss and make up (literally) Reuters SAN FRANCISCO After making headlines with a nasty split over trade, President Barack Obama and Nancy Pelosi, the top Democrat in the House of Representatives...
» Emotional Way Family Members Confronted Dylann Roof in Court
20/06/15 06:22 from ABC News: ABCNews
Victim's mother said, "As we said at bible study, may God have mercy on you."
» After trade spat, Obama and Pelosi kiss and make up (literally)
20/06/15 06:21 from Reuters: Top News
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - After making headlines with a nasty split over trade, President Barack Obama and Nancy Pelosi, the top Democrat in the House of Representatives, made a public show on Friday of making up.
» Saudi warplanes destroy Yemen's airports - Business Standard
20/06/15 06:19 from Google News - World
New York Times Saudi warplanes destroy Yemen's airports Business Standard Saudi-led air strikes struck military and civilian airports here on Saturday, destroying the runways, after peace talks in Geneva collapsed. An airport officia...
» British police probe whether dead man on London office roof was jet stowaway - euronews
20/06/15 06:17 from World - Google News
euronews British police probe whether dead man on London office roof was jet stowaway euronews Police are investigating whether a man found dead on the roof of an office building in London had stowed away on a British Airways jet flying ...
» Thailand says 175 people had exposure to its MERS case
20/06/15 06:13 from Reuters: International
BANGKOK (Reuters) - A total of 175 people were exposed to Thailand's only case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and the patient's condition has improved, the health ministry said on Saturday.
» Charleston victims: 9 lives lost to family and community - CNN
20/06/15 06:13 from Google News - Top Stories
TIME Charleston victims: 9 lives lost to family and community CNN (CNN) They gathered at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church to study the Bible -- a small group, 13 people. Many were familiar faces. One was a stranger. But it ...
» 13 People Arrested After Local Chinese Government Attacked
20/06/15 06:11 from ABC News: ABCNews
13 people arrested after locals attack govt facilities in southern China in dispute over death
» Historian Timothy Snyder: 'History Is Always Plural'
20/06/15 06:11 from Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty
Yale University historian Timothy Snyder speaks with RFE/RL about the interpretation and reinterpretation of the bloody 20th-century history of Eastern Europe, caught between Hitler's Germany and Stalin's Soviet Union.
» Vettel fastest in rain-hit practice
20/06/15 06:10 from BBC News - World
Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel pips Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton to fastest time in a rain-truncated final practice at the Austrian Grand Prix.
» Tainted Liquor Kills 84 in India's Financial Hub of Mumbai
20/06/15 06:09 from ABC News: ABCNews
Death toll from drinking tainted liquor climbs to 84 in India's financial capital of Mumbai
» Analysis: Detroit Tigers may disagree, but Justin Verlander took big step back ... - MLive.com
20/06/15 06:09 from Google News - Top Stories
MLive.com Analysis: Detroit Tigers may disagree, but Justin Verlander took big step back ... MLive.com New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez (13) celebrates with Mark Teixeira, next to Detroit Tigers catcher Bryan Holaday, right, after Ro...
» …‘PC Police’ Only Care About ‘Protected Species,’ But Give Muslims A
20/06/15 06:09 from Breitbart News Network
…‘PC Police’ Only Care About ‘Protected Species,’ But Give Muslims A Pass Rand Paul On His New Flat Tax Plan: ‘It’s The Boldest Plan Out There’ by Matthew Boyle Poll: No Clear GOP Front Runner in Key Swing States 0 Comments Jeb Bush Prot...
» Teammate Saves Fellow Serviceman After His Parachute Fails
20/06/15 06:08 from ABC News: ABCNews
Lucky Break: Teammate saves fellow serviceman after his parachute fails at air show
» Families of South Carolina church massacre victims offer forgiveness
20/06/15 06:06 from Reuters: Top News
CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) - As the young white man charged with murdering nine people inside an historic black church in South Carolina stood silently and expressionless at a court hearing on Friday, relatives of the slain worshippers f...
» Death toll from drinking tainted liquor climbs to 84 in India's financial capital of ... - Fox News
20/06/15 06:05 from World - Google News
Fox News Death toll from drinking tainted liquor climbs to 84 in India's financial capital of ... Fox News Family members of people who died after drinking tainted liquor wail at a slum area in Malad, in northern Mumbai, India, Frida...
» Sixth mass extinction 'underway, species disappearing at alarming... - Hindustan Times
20/06/15 06:05 from Google News - Top Stories
Hindustan Times Sixth mass extinction 'underway, species disappearing at alarming... Hindustan Times A demonstrator from animal rights society AnimaNaturalis, with her body painted like a tiger, takes part in a protest against Ringli...
» Charleston shooting: sense of urgency needed over gun control, says Obama - video
20/06/15 06:04 from World news: World news + Video | guardian.co.uk
US president Barack Obama discusses the shooting at the Emanuel AME church in Charleston, while addressing the US conference of mayors in San Francisco on Friday. Obama says he is not resigned to the challenge of tackling the problem of ...
» Here's to you, dad: Local personalities on Father's Day - Belfast Telegraph
20/06/15 06:03 from Google News - World
Belfast Telegraph Here's to you, dad: Local personalities on Father's Day Belfast Telegraph As we prepare to celebrate Father's Day, we speak to three well-known local personalities about what their dads mean to them and why ...
» South Africa's rough sleepers with Rolexes
20/06/15 06:00 from World news breaking world news latest world news from the US Europe Asia Australia Africa
Some 250 of South Africa's best-paid business leaders slept on the streets of Johannesburg for a night to raise money for children's homes - though they chose an upscale area of the city where the homeless aren't allowed to sleep
» Weekly Address: Creating New Pathways of Opportunity for Americans Like You
20/06/15 06:00 from White House.gov Blog Feed
President Barack Obama tapes the Weekly Address in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House. June 12, 2015. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy) In this week's address, the President spoke to his priority of growing the ...
» Wikileaks is about to release a mammoth load of new secret files - Metro
20/06/15 05:57 from Google News - World
Metro Wikileaks is about to release a mammoth load of new secret files Metro The transparency site has already posed around 60,000 files, mostly in Arabic, many marked 'Kingdom of Saudi Arabia' or 'Ministry of Foreign Affairs...
» Man dies, another survives after clinging on a plane from Johannesburg to London - Mmegi Online
20/06/15 05:53 from World - Google News
WalesOnline Man dies, another survives after clinging on a plane from Johannesburg to London Mmegi Online A man remains in a critical condition in hospital after surviving a 10-hour flight by clinging to the undercarriage of a British Ai...
» Injured Buttler replaced by Bairstow
20/06/15 05:51 from BBC News - World
Jonny Bairstow replaces Jos Buttler behind the stumps for England's decisive ODI against New Zealand in Durham.
» Veteran Associated Press Reporter, Editor Laura Myers Dies
20/06/15 05:50 from ABC News: ABCNews
Veteran AP reporter and editor, Las Vegas Review-Journal political writer Laura Myers dies
» Suu Kyi party to decide 'soon' on contesting Myanmar polls - gulfnews.com
20/06/15 05:48 from Google News - World
Fox News Suu Kyi party to decide 'soon' on contesting Myanmar polls gulfnews.com YANGON: Myanmar's opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi said Saturday her party would shortly decide whether to contest crucial elections, as it ba...
» 2,999,5652,999,5652015-06-19» The FBI has no idea how many hate crimes happen in America each
20/06/15 05:46 from Mike Nova - Google+
2,999,565 2,999,565 2015-06-19 » The FBI has no idea how many hate crimes happen in America each year 19/06/15 13:52 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks AP Top News at 11:48 a.m. EDT Friday June 19 th , 2015  at  2:12 PM TheUnion Local.Com...
» Red Devils in mid-air parachute drama - BBC News
20/06/15 05:43 from Top Stories - Google News
BBC News Red Devils in mid-air parachute drama BBC News A Red Devil parachutist had a lucky escape when his chute failed to open during an airshow - but a team-mate caught him in mid-air. The Army freefall parachute display team was perf...
» Obama renews gun control push
20/06/15 05:40 from CNN.com
Making his second call in as many days for tighter gun control laws, President Barack Obama on Friday told a crowd of mayors it was again time for a national conversation on the scourge of mass shootings in America.
» Hungary Seeking to Tighten Law on Asylum Seekers, Migrants
20/06/15 05:40 from ABC News: ABCNews
Hungary seeks to tighten law on migrants and asylum seekers, make it easier to expel illegals
» Hungary seeks to tighten law on migrants and asylum seekers, make it easier to ... - Fox News
20/06/15 05:40 from Google News - World
Hungary seeks to tighten law on migrants and asylum seekers, make it easier to ... Fox News BUDAPEST, Hungary – The Hungarian government says it is planning to tighten the law on migrants and asylum seekers, making it easier to expel tho...
» Charleston shooting: Republican Presidential candidate Rick Perry calls massacre 'accident' and says 'real issue' is drugs, not guns
20/06/15 05:38 from The Independent - World RSS Feed
Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry has called the Charleston church massacre an “accident” and claimed that tightening gun controls would not make the US safer.
» Oregon man jailed for aiding Pakistan suicide bomber
20/06/15 05:38 from Deutsche Welle: DW-WORLD.DE - Top Stories
A Pakistani-born sanitation worker in the northwestern US has been sentenced to seven years in prison for helping people linked to a suicide attack. The bomber struck Pakistan's intelligence service headquarters in 2009.
» Button given 25-place grid penalty
20/06/15 05:37 from BBC News - World
McLaren's Jenson Button gets a 25-place grid penalty for Sunday's Austrian Grand Prix due to changes to his engine.
» UN World Refugee Day: Richer nations urged to shoulder burden - CNN
20/06/15 05:37 from World - Google News
CNN UN World Refugee Day: Richer nations urged to shoulder burden CNN (CNN) The world's refugees are all too often shunned, discriminated against or forgotten. As the United Nations marks World Refugee Day on Saturday, Hollywood acto...
» Got $26M? Buy this star's 'village'
20/06/15 05:31 from CNN.com
Known for his swashbuckling role in the "Pirates of the Caribbean" movies, actor Johnny Depp has put one of his most treasured items on the market.
» Greek crisis could land British taxpayers with large bill
20/06/15 05:27 from World news breaking world news latest world news from the US Europe Asia Australia Africa
Britain does not fund bailouts to eurozone countries, but it does help another scheme that Greece may call upon
» Yankees' Alex Rodriguez reached 3000 hits in style with a homer. Here's what ... - NJ.com
20/06/15 05:27 from Google News - Top Stories
NJ.com Yankees' Alex Rodriguez reached 3000 hits in style with a homer. Here's what ... NJ.com NEW YORK — Yankees' slugger Alex Rodriguez became the 29th player in baseball history to collect 3,000 hits when he launched a sol...
» Humans Under Threat In New Mass Extinction
20/06/15 05:22 from Sky News | World News | First For Breaking News
Scientists warn we may already be in the first period of mass extinction since the dinosaurs were wiped out 65 million years ago.
» Five Libyan troops killed by mortar in Benghazi: source
20/06/15 05:18 from Reuters: International
BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) - At least five Libyan troops were killed late on Friday when a mortar landed in the eastern city of Benghazi where pro-government forces have been fighting against a mix of Islamist militant brigades, medical s...
» The State of the Kurds
20/06/15 05:18 from WSJ.com: World News
The Saturday Essay: With a big political win in Turkey, victories over Islamic State and autonomy in Iraqi Kurdistan, the Kurds are enjoying a triumphant moment—and thinking of a country of their own.
» Charleston Church Shooting Renews Confederate Flag Debate - NBCNews.com
20/06/15 05:17 from Google News - Top Stories
NBCNews.com Charleston Church Shooting Renews Confederate Flag Debate NBCNews.com The slaying of nine people at a historic black church in Charleston, South Carolina, by a white gunman has reignited one of the state's most racially c...
» Greeks Yank Deposits as Standoff Drags On
20/06/15 05:15 from WSJ.com: World News
Greeks are pulling money out of their accounts at a dramatically quicker pace, prodding the ECB to raise emergency lending to the country’s banks for the second time in three days.
» Charleston shooting: Obama decries the 'blight' of racism and calls for action on guns
20/06/15 05:14 from The Independent - World RSS Feed
In his second statement since nine black Americans were murdered in a South Carolina church, President Barack Obama said "racism remains a blight" on the US.
» Heavy Rains in Southern China Kill 18, Leave 4 Missing
20/06/15 05:14 from ABC News: ABCNews
Heavy rains in southern China leave 18 people dead, 4 missing
» Wikileaks: Bin Laden's son 'asked for father's death certificate' - BBC News
20/06/15 05:13 from Google News - World
BBC News Wikileaks: Bin Laden's son 'asked for father's death certificate' BBC News A son of Osama Bin Laden reportedly asked the US for a death certificate for his father, according to the whistle-blowing website, Wikile...
» Bin Laden 'proof of death requested'
20/06/15 05:12 from BBC News - World
Wikileaks releases what it claims are Saudi documents showing that Abdullah Bin Laden asked the US for his father's death certificate.
» WikiLeaks Reveals Saudi Intrigue and Unpaid Limo Bills
20/06/15 05:12 from ABC News: ABCNews
Iran, intrigue and unpaid limo bills: leaked files offer insight into Saudi diplomats' world
» Ton of illegal ivory crushed in New York's Times Square
20/06/15 05:12 from World news breaking world news latest world news from the US Europe Asia Australia Africa
African 'bloody ivory' confiscated from New York and Philadelphia crushed in Times Square to show intolerance for elephant poaching and the illegal ivory trade
» Heavy rains in southern China leave 18 people dead, 4 missing - Fox News
20/06/15 05:12 from Top Stories - Google News
Fox News Heavy rains in southern China leave 18 people dead, 4 missing Fox News In this Thursday, June 18, 2015 photo, government officials look at a road that collapsed due to flooding in Kaili city in southwestern China's Guizhou p...
» Suu Kyi Warns Instability Could Delay Myanmar Elections - New York Times
20/06/15 05:11 from Google News - World
U.S. News & World Report Suu Kyi Warns Instability Could Delay Myanmar Elections New York Times YANGON, Myanmar — Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi told her party's senior members Saturday that this year's general electi...
» Suu Kyi warns instability could delay Myanmar elections - Chron.com
20/06/15 05:11 from World - Google News
Chron.com Suu Kyi warns instability could delay Myanmar elections Chron.com YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi told her party's senior members Saturday that this year's general election could be del...
» VIDEO: Firefighters battle Big Bear Lake blaze
20/06/15 05:09 from BBC News - World
Trails and roads have been closed and hundreds of people have been evacuated as firefighters tackle a raging wildfire at Big Bear Lake, California.
» Suu Kyi Warns Instability Could Delay Myanmar Elections
20/06/15 05:06 from ABC News: ABCNews
Myamnar opposition chief Suu Kyi wans that disorder could delay polls, due this year
» Why South Carolina still flies Confederate flag
20/06/15 05:06 from CNN.com
Inside the massacre | Families confront confessed killer | Who is Dylann Roof? | Hear crowd sing | Photos
» Surprise over surviving stowaway - iAfrica.com
20/06/15 05:04 from World - Google News
iAfrica.com Surprise over surviving stowaway iAfrica.com An aviation expert says he's surprised that one of the stowaways survived an 11 hour flight by clinging to the aircraft. On Wednesday two stowaways managed to fly to London fro...
» Suu Kyi warns instability could delay Myanmar elections - U-T San Diego
20/06/15 05:04 from World - Google News
U-T San Diego Suu Kyi warns instability could delay Myanmar elections U-T San Diego Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi speaks during a meeting of her National League for Democracy Party's first Central Executive Committee at ...
» Leaving Brooklyn, Bernie Sanders Found Home In Vermont - NPR
20/06/15 05:03 from Google News - Top Stories
NPR Leaving Brooklyn, Bernie Sanders Found Home In Vermont NPR This story is part of NPR's series Journey Home. We're going to the places that presidential candidates call home and finding out what those places tell us about how ...
» Woman arrested with 3lb of cocaine hidden in breast implants
20/06/15 05:01 from World news breaking world news latest world news from the US Europe Asia Australia Africa
Colombian police say Honduran woman was trying to travel to Spain with her illicit cargo
» WorldViews: 17 ways the unprecedented migrant crisis is reshaping our world
20/06/15 05:00 from World: World News, International News, Foreign Reporting - The Washington Post
The world is undergoing a dramatic, perhaps unprecedented migrant crisis. All around the globe, people are fleeing war zones, persecutions, or economic instability in search of a better life. They are undertaking perilous journeys and ma...
» 17 ways the unprecedented migrant crisis is reshaping our world
20/06/15 05:00 from WorldViews
The world is undergoing a dramatic, perhaps unprecedented migrant crisis. All around the globe, people are fleeing war zones, persecutions, or economic instability in search of a better life. They are undertaking perilous journeys and ma...
» VIDEO: Stranded on the Italy-Austria border
20/06/15 04:57 from BBC News - World
Refugees from Syria, and many other people who have migrated to Europe in search of a better life, have been left stuck at national borders across the continent.
» Busted! Cocaine Found in Breast Implants at Airport
20/06/15 04:55 from World news
A Honduran woman carrying 3.3 lbs of liquid cocaine in her breast implants was arrested at the airport in Colombia's capital Bogota on Friday, police said.
» Charleston church shooter hears victim's kin say, 'I forgive you' - CNN
20/06/15 04:53 from Google News - Top Stories
NBCNews.com Charleston church shooter hears victim's kin say, 'I forgive you' CNN (CNN) Dylann Roof heard words of forgiveness from families of some of the nine people he's accused of killing. His response: A blank expres...
» 'Shawshank' Escape: Possible Sighting Of Men
20/06/15 04:53 from Sky News | World News | First For Breaking News
The hunt for two killers who broke out of a New York state jail continues as a prison officer is placed on administrative leave.
» Greece will try to bring more to the table in debt talks: minister
20/06/15 04:51 from Reuters: Top News
ATHENS (Reuters) - Greece will try to bring more to the table in negotiations for a debt deal and Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras will probably speak with European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker by phone on Saturday to try to end the...
» McDonalds to close more stores than it opens in US for first time in 40 years
20/06/15 04:51 from The Independent - World RSS Feed
Fast food giant McDonalds is set to close more stores than it opens in the United States for the first time in 40 years.
» Islamists kill eight officers in attack on Somali police station
20/06/15 04:45 from Reuters: International
MOGADISHU (Reuters) - Gunmen from the Somali Islamist group al Shabaab killed at least eight officers in a raid on a police station near the capital, police and the militants said on Saturday.
» Saudi-Led Strikes Hit Yemen's Aden as Peace Talks Fail - NDTV
20/06/15 04:45 from Google News - World
NDTV Saudi-Led Strikes Hit Yemen's Aden as Peace Talks Fail NDTV Aden: Saudi-led warplanes launched dawn raids today against Shiite rebels in Yemen's southern port city of Aden, the military said, hours after peace talks in Genev...
» Osama bin Laden’s son asked the U.S. government for his father
20/06/15 04:43 from - The Washington Post
Osama bin Laden’s son asked the U.S. government for his father’s death certificate. The U.S. said no. This German politician lost an election, but won’t stop showing up for work Inside Obama's Stealth Startup Find Out What Your Name Woul...
» Researchers Put Brakes on Tekmira Ebola Drug Study
20/06/15 04:41 from WSJ.com: World News
Tekmira’s development of an Ebola treatment has suffered a blow, as researchers halted enrollment in a clinical trial in Sierra Leone.
» BA Stowaway Mystery: How did one man survive lethal 8000 mile journey at ... - Scottish Daily Record
20/06/15 04:41 from Google News - World
Scottish Daily Record BA Stowaway Mystery: How did one man survive lethal 8000 mile journey at ... Scottish Daily Record AVIATION experts are struggling to understand how a stowaway on a BA flight from London to South Africa survived for...
» LEADING OFF: Old-Timers' Day in Bronx; Scherzer Seeks Encore
20/06/15 04:38 from ABC News: ABCNews
LEADING OFF: Old-Timers' Day at Yankee Stadium; Scherzer seeks encore; White Sox skidding
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20/06/15 04:37 from GlobalPost - Home - Review
The sheer level of destruction in Gaza is hard to take in. Much of it is rubble. Children, undeterred by their surroundings, play in and around damaged buildings or collect pieces of their former homes to sell to factory owners. Agence F...
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20/06/15 04:37 from GlobalPost - Home - Review
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20/06/15 04:37 from GlobalPost - Home - Review
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» Texas Supreme Court upholds divorce of same-sex couple - Fox News
20/06/15 04:35 from Google News - Top Stories
Slate Magazine Texas Supreme Court upholds divorce of same-sex couple Fox News AUSTIN, Texas – The Texas Supreme Court effectively upheld the Austin divorce of a same-sex couple Friday, turning away Republican Gov. Greg Abbott and argume...
» Game Details - ESPN FC
20/06/15 04:29 from world - Google News
ESPN FC Game Details ESPN FC Nemanja Maksimovic scored in the 117th minute to give Serbia a surprise 2-1 win over Brazil on Saturday in the final of the Under-20 World Cup. The match seemed destined for a penalty shootout but a late Serb...
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20/06/15 04:27 from world - Google News
The Guardian Serbia crowned world Under-20 champions after beating Brazil in final The Guardian Nemanja Maksimovic scored an 118th-minute goal on the counterattack to give Serbia a 2-1 victory over Brazil in extra time in the Under-20 Wo...
» What makes Beirut so tolerant
20/06/15 04:23 from CNN.com
Beirut is one of the few major cities in the Middle East where Christians, Jews and Muslims live together in relative peace.
» Charleston shooting: Dylann Roof 'wanted to target university but couldn't get past security'
20/06/15 04:23 from The Independent - World RSS Feed
The man accused of massacring nine people at a church in Charleston intended to target a local university but could not get past security, friends have claimed.
» AP Top News at 3:42 a.m. EDT
20/06/15 04:23 from TheUnion local.com | TheUnion.com
AP Top News at 3:42 a.m. EDT Church victims' family face alleged attacker in court CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - Felecia Sanders survived the attack on her Bible study group by pretending to be dead, but lost her son Tywanza. On Friday, she ca...
» Indiana bill will allow residents to own sawed-off shotguns - Fox News
20/06/15 04:22 from Google News - Top Stories
Indiana bill will allow residents to own sawed-off shotguns Fox News Indiana residents will soon be able to legally own manufactured sawed-off shotguns under a repeal of the state's ban on their possession. The change takes effect Ju...
» Lorries causing rural 'bedlam'
20/06/15 04:19 from BBC News - World
Lorry drivers ignoring weight restrictions on minor roads are causing "bedlam" in rural communities, the Local Government Association says.
» Dog meat trade divides China
20/06/15 04:19 from CNN.com
Yulin's dog meat "festival," where some 10,000 dogs are slaughtered and served up as meals, is often wrongly assumed to be an ancient Chinese tradition.
» Cruise ship hits wall: 17 injured
20/06/15 04:19 from CNN.com
A cruise ship collided with a wall in the Eisenhower Lock in upstate New York on Thursday night, the U.S. Coast Guard said, injuring some passengers.
» Mysterious moon may have secret ocean -- and life
20/06/15 04:18 from CNN.com
NASA wants to go to Europa. No, it's not in Europe. And for soccer fans, it has nothing to do with the Europa League.
» Earth is entering sixth extinction phase with many species - including our own - labelled 'the walking dead'
20/06/15 04:18 from The Independent - World RSS Feed
The plant is entering a new period of extinction with top scientists warning that species all over the world are “essentially the walking dead” – including our own.
» Earth is entering sixth extinction phase with many species – including our own – labelled 'the walking dead'
20/06/15 04:18 from The Independent - World RSS Feed
The plant is entering a new period of extinction with top scientists warning that species all over the world are “essentially the walking dead” – including our own.
» Alex Rodriguez home run, his 3000th hit, caught by famous ballhawk Zack ... - New York Daily News
20/06/15 04:17 from Google News - Top Stories
New York Daily News Alex Rodriguez home run, his 3000th hit, caught by famous ballhawk Zack ... New York Daily News Alex Rodriguez's 3,000th hit ended up in the hands of a ball hawk, and he's not giving A-Rod his milestone ball b...
» What became of city's 1960s jet-set playgrounds
20/06/15 04:15 from CNN.com
For several decades the name "Beirut" has conjured images of devastation and danger.
» Rolling with Beirut's bikers
20/06/15 04:15 from CNN.com
Anthony Bourdain learns about the motorcycle culture, food, and embattled buildings of Beirut. "Parts Unknown" airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
» 70 historic moments from the 1970s 
20/06/15 04:15 from CNN.com
The '70s may have been many things, but boring sure wasn't one of them. Check out 70 of the most unforgettable images of the decade.
» Waterloo 200 years on... and the strange journey of Napoleon's penis
20/06/15 04:10 from The Independent - World RSS Feed
This week marked the bicentenary of the Battle of Waterloo. The epic clash saw the final defeat of the French emperor Napoleon, who, despite his supposedly “diminutive” stature, was a bogeyman for British children, a military genius for ...
» Texas pastor Rick Scarborough is willing to be burned to death to oppose gay marriage
20/06/15 04:07 from The Independent - World RSS Feed
Move over, couple who promised to get a divorce if gay marriage was legalised, because one Texas pastor has taken his opposition to marriage equality one step further.
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» FIFA Probe Shows Soccer State Within a State
20/06/15 04:05 from WSJ.com: World News
Nicolás Leoz, a Paraguayan who brought a soccer spotlight to his small country, is indicted by U.S. prosecutors and placed under house arrest, as the FIFA-linked organization he ran nears losing its legal immunity.
» Dylann Roof's friend: 'He never said anything racist' - BBC News
20/06/15 04:04 from Google News - Top Stories
BBC News Dylann Roof's friend: 'He never said anything racist' BBC News A friend of Dylann Roof, the man charged over this week's shooting in a church in South Carolina, has told BBC News that the suspect had told him a w...
» VIDEO: 'He never said anything racist'
20/06/15 04:03 from BBC News - World
A friend of Dylann Roof, the man charged over a shooting in a church in South Carolina, tells BBC News the suspect had told him a week earlier he wanted to attack a local university.
» Aid agencies must rewire their approach to refugees' energy needs - The Guardian
20/06/15 04:00 from Google News - World
The Guardian Aid agencies must rewire their approach to refugees' energy needs The Guardian In the rush to respond to crises, access to safe, reliable and clean energy for refugees is often overlooked. A new energy initiative could p...
» Toxic Liquor Kills 74 in India - Wall Street Journal
20/06/15 03:54 from Google News - World
Wall Street Journal Toxic Liquor Kills 74 in India Wall Street Journal MUMBAI—At least 74 people have died and 30 have been hospitalized since Thursday after drinking tainted, illegal liquor in a northern suburb of Mumbai, a senior polic...
» Berkeley tragedy: Mourners gather to pay respects to young students - Irish Times
20/06/15 03:46 from Google News - Top Stories
Irish Times Berkeley tragedy: Mourners gather to pay respects to young students Irish Times Family, friends and strangers paid their respects to four of the six Irish students killed in Tuesday's balcony collapse in Berkeley, Califor...
» Yemen peace talks end with no deal - euronews
20/06/15 03:45 from Google News - World
euronews Yemen peace talks end with no deal euronews Yemen peace talks have ended on Friday with no deal or truce, with the head of the government-in-exile saying they will return to Saudi Arabia on Saturday. The US State Department rema...
» Church Victims' Family Face Alleged Attacker in Court
20/06/15 03:43 from ABC News: ABCNews
Family members of church slayings offer forgiveness, mercy to alleged attacker at hearing
» Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows - Miami Herald
20/06/15 03:40 from Google News - Top Stories
Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows Miami Herald Guest lineups for the Sunday TV news shows: ABC's "This Week" — Not available. ---. NBC's "Meet the Press" — Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee...
» Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows - Kansas City Star
20/06/15 03:40 from Google News - Top Stories
ABC News Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows Kansas City Star Guest lineups for the Sunday TV news shows: ABC's "This Week" — Not available. ---. NBC's "Meet the Press" — Republican presidential candidate ...
» NY police investigate possible sighting of escaped prisoners - Fox News
20/06/15 03:40 from Google News - Top Stories
Fox News NY police investigate possible sighting of escaped prisoners Fox News New York State Police are looking to a possible sighting of two convicted murderers who escaped from an upstate New York maximum-security prison two weeks ago...
» Maksimovic leaves it late to seal historic win - FIFA.com
20/06/15 03:38 from world - Google News
FIFA.com Maksimovic leaves it late to seal historic win FIFA.com Serbia left it late to win their first ever FIFA U-20 World Cup title, with Nemanja Maksimovic grabbing a dramatic extra time winner to seal victory. He had earlier set up ...
» Cybertheft Adds to US-China Tensions Ahead of Upcoming Talks
20/06/15 03:35 from ABC News: ABCNews
Cybertheft and island-building stoke US-China tensions ahead of high-level talks in Washington
» This journalist didn’t just interview North Korean defectors, he followed them on their escape
20/06/15 03:30 from WorldViews
North Korea is not the “Hermit Kingdom” it once was. After two decades of defections and the more recent arrival of cellphone technology, we now know much more about North Korea than we did in years past. Which is not to say that we know...
» WorldViews: This journalist didn’t just interview North Korean defectors, he followed them on their escape
20/06/15 03:30 from World: World News, International News, Foreign Reporting - The Washington Post
North Korea is not the “Hermit Kingdom” it once was. After two decades of defections and the more recent arrival of cellphone technology, we now know much more about North Korea than we did in years past. Which is not to say that we know...
» Charleston church shooter planned first to attack college: media
20/06/15 03:24 from Yahoo! News - Latest News & Headlines
The Washington Post reported 22-year-old Christon Scriven, a black neighbor of gunman Dylann Roof, said that during a recent night of drinking, Roof said he wanted to open fire on a school. "My reaction at the time was, 'You�...
» Charleston church shooter planned first to attack college: media - Reuters
20/06/15 03:24 from Top Stories - Google News
Reuters Charleston church shooter planned first to attack college: media Reuters Friends of the white gunman who shot and killed nine black people inside an historic African-American church in Charleston, South Carolina said he first tal...
» Study Says Repealing 'Obamacare' Would Add to Budget Deficit
20/06/15 03:20 from ABC News: ABCNews
Study says repealing 'Obamacare' would add to deficit while number of uninsured would rise
» Guest Lineups for the Sunday News Shows
20/06/15 03:20 from ABC News: ABCNews
Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows
» Dylann Roof's friend: Charleston church 'wasn't primary target'
20/06/15 03:18 from World news breaking world news latest world news from the US Europe Asia Australia Africa
Friend of the man suspected of shooting nine people inside a historic black church in Charleston, said he told him that the University of Charleston was the original target
» Cousins Who Died in Berkeley Balcony Collapse to Be Mourned
20/06/15 03:18 from ABC News: ABCNews
2 cousins _ 1 American, 1 Irish _ who died in balcony collapse to be mourned in California
» Theater Shooting Prosecutors Rest After Emotional Case - ABC News
20/06/15 03:17 from Google News - Top Stories
Los Angeles Times Theater Shooting Prosecutors Rest After Emotional Case ABC News Prosecutors in the Colorado theater shooting trial rested Friday, concluding their argument that James Holmes methodically planned and executed the 2012 ma...
» Defying conventions, Sanders emerges as a Clinton challenger - Barre Montpelier Times Argus
20/06/15 03:16 from Google News - Top Stories
Fox News Latino Defying conventions, Sanders emerges as a Clinton challenger Barre Montpelier Times Argus Sen. Bernie Sanders, center, speaks about labor issues on Capitol Hill in Washington on Thursday. INDIANOLA, Iowa — Bernie Sanders ...
» Religion and Politics: GOP Hopefuls Open up About Faith
20/06/15 03:16 from ABC News: ABCNews
Religion and politics: Republican presidential hopefuls open up about faith in public life

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